Perhaps it started with Sargon of Akkad in 2300 BC. There have been so many conquerors. They all slaughtered in the interest of homogenizing humanity around their cultural dominance. By the 20th century, the mayhem approached the ability to anihhilate all humans & most other life. Perhaps tempered by this possibility, the imperialism moved into the cultural sphere more. Hollywood movies globally ruled the markets. Fast Food restaurants appeared in countries whose native cooking was far superior. Even that wasn't enough. As people's dependence on so-called social media increased so did the social media's ability to shape people's personalities. Pinnacle after pinnacle of control-freak stupidity appeared. While people were supposedly 'free' to choose their sexual identity (within limits) they were no longer free to even self-identify with their name. THAT had to be standardized & formatted, a unity of conformity that became a subtle way of having AU (Artificial Unintelligence) take over. If your self-presentation doesn't meet the robopathy of the alogorithms then you have to go. They'll cut you off from your so-called social life.
My name is written "tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE". The method of capitalization used is called "toggle case" or, to be more demonstrative, "tOGGLE cASE" - a reversal of ordinary case relations. I've been using that reversal since 1979, that's an essential feature of my primary pen name. If you look at the cover of most of my 15 books you'll see my name written that way. For example, if you look at the cover image of my book "Paradigm Shift Knuckle Sandwich" you'll see how it's written.
This is a creative device, I am a creative writer. Creativity, in order to fully function, is free of bureaucratic strictures. If everyone were to follow the Chicago Manual of Style, for example, VisPo (Visual Poetry) wouldn't exist. For that matter, James Joyce's Finnegans Wake wouldn't exist & neither would Mario Vargas Llosa's Conversation in the Cathedral.
I've noticed that Goodreads's algorithm has changed my name to "Tentatively, A Convenience" in order to make it conform to ordinary case relations. I have NEVER spelled my name that way. I am not a machine & neither, I hope, is the person reading this text. As such, let's be person-to-person instead of allowing algorithms to make anti-creative decisions. Given that my name is an answer to the question "What's your name?" & NOT a "Last Name, First Initial Middle Name" as "Tentatively, A Convenience" implies, Goodreads has, essentially, changed my name to give it a more banal meaning.
As my friend Dick Turner has observed:
"I find this to correspond with a general trend towards humans getting in line with algorithms
"The idea behind AI seems to have had unforeseen side-effects (or maybe foreseen, I don't know)
"Instead of fostering a blossoming of new forms of expression it seems to channel everyone in the same direction and offer no alternativesto a given set of commands
"It is dehumanizing but that seems to be the trend
"Computer programs run on regularity (recognizable commands), the irregular is therefore an error
"This type of thinking risks being adopted by the populace at large
"It is a way of normalizing thought to be operative instead of creative"
My name is "tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE". It is NOT "Tentatively, A Convenience". The completely disrespectful push for conformity is on. Such 'normalization' of my spelling is a symptom of what I call "AU", Artificial Unintelligence - both that of algorithms which can't possibly cope with the human imagination & that of robopathic humans - say the type of person who studied creative writing with a professor who isn't a creative writer & who isn't published. This type of person then proceeds to learn 'how to be creative' in a completely uncreative way & goes on to not be a creative writer or to be published either but to still be convinced that they're qualified to edit actual published actual creative writers. That's a form of regrettably delusional behavior fostered in them by their inability to educate themselves outside of the potty training that passes for 'higher education'.